Mistake prone nurse kept job for 2 years

Posted: July 15, 2013 in Law & Disorder, NHS WATCH
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A nurse held on to her job for more than two years despite making a catalogue of “incredible” errors while working on Lothian hospital wards.
Affiong Patrick Antiah, who was employed as a staff nurse at Liberton Hospital and the Royal Victoria Hospital, gave a drug to the wrong patient and drew up a dose of a heart slowing drug that was too high, with potentially fatal consequences, within two months of starting her induction with NHS Lothian.
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She went on to make dozens of major mistakes and displayed a lack of knowledge of even the basics of medication and patient care. They included potentially causing asphyxiation by going to administer drugs orally to a “nil by mouth” patient, incorrectly assembling an oxygen mask and not giving epilepsy medication to a patient.
She also incorrectly advised a patient that folic acid was an iron tablet, was not aware amoxycillin contains penicillin and blacked out records on a medication sheet – a legal document – after making a mistake.

But instead of getting the ‘tin tack’ (sack) by NHS Lothian, the nurse, who held a band five post which now attracts pay of up to £27,900 per year, was repeatedly asked to write “reflective pieces” after making the dangerous mishaps, was sent on workshops and was offered the “intensive support” and supervision of more senior staff, while continuing to be allowed to administer drugs.

It took five capability meetings before Ms Antiah was finally dismissed by health bosses, in part because she “posed a clinical risk to patients”.
At a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) hearing this month, more than 50 separate allegations were found to be proven against the nurse.
The NMC found that Ms Antiah had “failed to demonstrate the standards of knowledge, skill and judgement required to practice without supervision as a qualified band 5 nurse”, that her “record-keeping was deficient” and that her “clinical reasoning and/or clinical decision-making were deficient”.
But the panel stopped short of striking her off its register. Instead, Ms Antiah, who complained that she had been bullied and discriminated against while working at the health board, was given a strict conditions of practice order. That old chestnut, shit at your job so throw bullying and racism into the mix to get off.

The hearing was told that since being dismissed by NHS Lothian in August 2009, Ms Antiah had gone on to work as a healthcare assistant and currently has a job in a nursing home, gulp. She took three courses at Napier University after being sacked, but passed only one.

Old people allowed to go blind.

Thousands of elderly people are being denied the chance to save their sight with vital cataract surgery. An investigation by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) claims the life-changing procedure is subject to ‘arbitrary’ restrictions by the NHS across half the country. Patients in some areas have been told their vision is still ‘too good’ for an operation, even though their cataracts are so severe they cannot drive or read. In other regions pensioners are told only one eye will be treated, or forced to wait eight months for surgery after referral by a GP.

The Bangladesh seven

naazSeven illegal workers have been detained following an operation by Home Office Immigration Enforcement officers, that’s what they are called now then, in Cumbria on Thursday 11th July.
Officers visited three businesses to carry out checks on the immigration status of staff.
At Naaz Indian Restaurant, Queen Street, Ulverston, they arrested four Bangladeshi men aged between 28 and 38 who were working illegally. Of the men arrested three had overstayed their visas and one had possession of false documentation.
Later officers visited two premises on Crescent Road. In the Prince of India they found two Bangladeshi men, aged 27 and 32, working illegally. Both men had overstayed their visas and were arrested.
Officers then carried out checks at Indian Ocean where they discovered a 21-year-old Bangladeshi man who had overstayed his visa and was working illegally. All the men are currently detained pending their removal from the UK.

Blackpool five

gurk1newFive illegal workers have been detained following an operation by Home Office Immigration Enforcement officers in Blackpool also on Thursday 11th July. Two businesses were visited, at The Alpine Hotel and Grill Buffet Restaurant Bar on Waterloo Road they arrested three Nepalese men aged between 28 and 35 for working illegally and overstaying their visas.
Later officers visited Ayaan Chillies, on Talbot Road and found two Sri Lankan men aged 21 and 22 who had both overstayed their visas and were working illegally. All the men are currently detained pending their removal from the UK.

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